Back to Square One

No matter where you are in the stages of photography (beginner, intermediate, advanced or professional), sometimes it helps to take a step back and review the basics.

Why do you like photography? What is it that you want to capture? What will it take to capture it?

Reviewing some photo news, I found an article that is so basic and to the point. (As well as fun because of the “Star Wars” reference.)

Jedi Mind Tricks That Every Food Photographer Should Know

Set aside the term “food photographer.” These three tips (sharp focus, depth of field and color) serve as a reminder for any kind of photographer. Sometimes I get so caught up in the lighting that I don’t put enough emphasis on the balance of the photo—the depth that could be there.

I guess what I’m trying to say is there’s more to the photo than having an interesting viewpoint; execution counts for so much. The angles, the lighting, the focus and the focal point … it all adds up to something, so put thought into it.

I’ll leave you with a summer tip:

Weddings—they are happening everywhere. You may think that it’s too late to get in on the action (no, not proposals and all that). Most couples book a photographer well in advance but, lucky for the less organized of us, some haven’t. Head over to your city’s craigslist and see if there are any ads asking (or begging) for a last-minute photographer. If not, advertise your availability. Most likely you’ll get a few responses. Nothing like a little extra cash in your pocket for that new lens you’ve been eying.

-Joie

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